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Trip Start Jan 20, 2013
33Trip End Mar 31, 2013
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It took more than an hour to get out of Bogotá thanks to the heavy traffic and the van stopping to load on more passengers but eventually we were in the countryside. As Robyn and I were the only non-Colombians we attracted a lot of side glances from our fellow passengers and when I asked one of them what town we had just passed (about 2.5 hours into the trip) they took advantage of the opportunity and grilled me for information on ourselves
At the halfway point, we stopped for food and the lovely man who had been sitting next to me in the van bought Robyn and I a chunk of cheese each along with a small package of what looked and tasted to be dried condensed milk either side of firm jam (photo attached below). We were very dubious but also hungry and nothing much appealed here so...... it was very tasty.
When we got to San Gil, we bid farewell to our new friends, and with the help of one of the passengers, made our way across the bridge and to the other bus terminal to catch the bus to Barichara.
According to the latest Lonely Planet (published August 2012), Barichara hotels are a little pricey but it mentions that at last a hostel has made it to the town
It had been a while since either Robyn or I had stayed in a hostels and we'd forgotten little details like bunk beds and having to make our own beds. Luckily the hostel is pretty empty and we have a very small dorm room all to ourselves so we spread ourselves out and make our beds with ever increasing laughter as my bunk bed makes some very loud noises while moving around on it. Even ear plugs can't combat the noise this bed makes!